If you use a roof rack, the fuel consumption of your vehicle will be higher and you may experience different driving characteristics.|
Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you are fitting a roof rack.
When loading the roof racks, we recommend you evenly distribute the load, as well as maintain a low center of gravity. Loaded vehicles, with higher centers of gravity, may handle differently than unloaded vehicles. Take extra precautions, such as slower speeds and increased stopping distance, when driving a heavily loaded vehicle.
The maximum recommended load, evenly distributed on the roof rack, is:
- 165 pounds (75 kilograms) for vehicles without a moonroof
- 132 pounds (60 kilograms) for vehicles with a moonroof.
Never place loads directly on the roof panel. The roof panel is not designed to directly carry a load.
For correct roof rack system function, you must place loads directly on crossbars affixed to the roof rack side rails. When using the roof rack system, we recommend you use Ford Genuine Accessory crossbars designed specifically for your vehicle.
Make sure that you securely fasten the load. Check the tightness of the load before driving and at each fuel stop.
When using a towbar attached carrier, consider the following:
- Do not exceed the maximum vertical weight on the towball (weight of the carrier plus weight of the load).
- Pay attention to the carrier manufacturer's specifications.
- If you are using a bike carrier, the maximum number of allowed bikes is three, with a maximum allowed weight of
130 lb (60 kg).
- Load the heaviest item closest to the vehicle.